Much of the work which the IJA does relates to the constant risks which a jockey takes and the Association represents its members at the Annual Safety Review meeting where any safety concerns of our members are voiced to the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB). If any member has more urgent concerns, we raise them immediately with The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) and seek a quick resolution. The setting up of the Jockeys’ Emergency Fund and the Jockeys’ Income Continuity Scheme have been significant developments in the last 10 years which have come about as a result of serious injuries received by riders and highlights the need to adequately provide for them when they are unable to ride. We cannot overemphasise the importance of these funds to riders.
The IJA also works on behalf of its members to secure group schemes with both VHI and VIVAS Healthcare which are offered at specifically discounted rates and with benefits that are specifically designed with jockeys requirements in mind. At the same time, I am pleased to say that the IJA is able to offer legal assistance to its members for conveyancing, house purchase/sales, district court summonses and other related legal work.
As well as all of the above mentioned benefits, of course we are always available to give general advice, interpretation of rules and help with appeals etc. Regular newsletters are sent to each and every member, advising of rule changes, upcoming events and anything else that might affect you and are designed to keep you fully informed of all matters of interest in the industry. We also send regular texts to all members, highlighting urgent updates, and matters of interest that may benefit jockeys.
We hold an AGM every year and encourage all members to attend. At this meeting, we update you in depth on all of the work we have undertaken on your behalf during the year, and also take suggestions on board as to what you would like us to do in future.
At this meeting we also vote in our executive committee to act on your behalf during the year, and this year’s committee are listed on the committee page.The committee is run under a corporate structure with a dedicated committee, meeting regularly and made up of a cross section of experienced and youthful professional jump and flat riders and form a representative body for professional jockeys interests. The negotiation of riding fees in 2009 by the IJA now means that fees of this type are at a sustainable level that remains above that of comparative countries.
The IJA now has Jockey representation on the following:
- The Irish Jockeys Trust
- The Irish Jockeys Pension Trust
- Apprentice Development group
- Weights review committee
- Safety Review Meetings
As well as the above mentioned benefits, of course we are always available to give general advice, interpretation of rules and help with appeals etc. Regular newsletters are sent to each and every member, advising of rule changes, upcoming events and anything else that might affect you and are designed to keep you fully informed of all matters of interest in the industry.